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Peacemaker August e-News
 
I am pleased to be able to share with you news of our projects this month. 
Thank you for being part of the Peacemaker Team.  

 

This month I have made two visits to the Middle East to meet with mission partners who share our passion for justice, peace and reconciliation. 

It was also a delight to be invited to preach at Baraka Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem and at All Saints Cathedral in Cairo. 


 

Peacemaker Update
Baraka Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem

In Bethlehem, I preached on the Identity, Mission and Call of Jesus baed on Mark 8:27-38, Who do you say I am? The sermon is an introduction to Christianity Explored which is based entirely on the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark answers three questions addressed in the course – Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus come? How can I follow Jesus? As a result of this visit, we are hoping to be able to launch the Arabic edition of Christianity Explored in Palestine soon.

 
A visit to Bethlehem is not complete without stopping by the Walled Off Hotel. You can also view some photos of Bethlehem and the Separation Wall. The stark nature of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine comes through in these black and white photos.

Peacemaking in Palestine

I had been due to speak at the Bet Lehem Festival but the event was postponed because of the disturbances in Jerusalem. The festival has been rescheduled to 21-24 September.

While in Bethlehem I met with Jack Sara, President of 
Bethlehem Bible College, and with Imad Nassar, the Project Manager of Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre,  to learn more about their projects. I also met with Omar Haramy of Sabeel Jerusalem to discuss their upcoming November Witness Tour “Christian Zionism and Colonialism – A Response from Palestinian Christians”


All Saints Cathedral Cairo
 
Last weekend I provided locum cover for the Revd Kerry Buttram. Dean of the Anglican Cathedral in Cairo. It was a privilege to preside and preach at the English speaking services on the Friday and Sunday. Despite being the holiday season, the congregation included friends from Eritrea, South Sudan, Malaysia, Australia, the USA and UK. The lectionary  reading from Matthew 15 was about the Canaanite woman whose daughter was demon possessed. Modelled on her testimony, my sermon asked “Are you desperate enough for Jesus?”

While in Cairo I also met with a friend working for the Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Services (CEOSS), who publish the Arabic edition of Christianity Explored and a colleague on the faculty of the Alexandria School of Theology. CE is now available in Arabic as well as in English with Arabic subtitles.

You can view some photos of the Cathedral, of Zamalek as well as of my enforced stay at Cairo Airport due to a software upgrade failure affecting our aircraft which delayed our departure for 28 hours.

Forthcoming Projects

Christianity Explored Rwanda

During the first week of September, God-willing, I will be visiting Rwanda to help equip pastors from Rwanda as well as from the Democratic Republic of Congo to use the Christianity Explored course in their churches. 
Kairos-Sabeel Nederlands

In September I am presenting an analysis of Walter Brueggemann's book, Chosen at a Kairos-Sabeel Nederland conference in Amersfoort.
 

"Can the church discuss volatile issues? And among those topics, few are as volatile as the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In this small book, Walter Brueggemann serves as courageous prophet and irenic guide, providing us with summary positions on the scriptures, their application to modern Israel, and careful questions for group discussion. This may be the best guide yet to help the church talk about a matter of enormous importance for our generation." Gary M. Burge, Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College & Graduate School 


Justice Conference Asia

In October I will be visiting China as well as contributing a workshop at the Justice Conference Asia. This year’s conference theme is ‘Love Thy Neighbour and there is no more relevant time in history than right now to take a fresh look at Jesus' timeless truth. With social, political, racial, and economic issues at stake, we need to be reminded that Mark 12:30-31 is still our greatest call to Worship and Justice.

Bishop John Ellison joins the Peacemaker Board of Reference

We are delighted that the Right Revd John Ellison, the retired Anglican Bishop of Paraguay has kindly agreed to join our International Board of Reference. Bishop John is an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester and Chair of the Panel of Bishops of the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE)

Keeping in touch

You can keep up to date with the latest Peacemaker news on Facebook and our website.
 
Peacemaker Mediators is committed to the Five Marks of Mission.
  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We seek to be catalysts for peacemaking, especially where minorities are persecuted, where justice is denied, human rights are suppressed or reconciliation is needed. If you would like me to preach or speak at an event that is consistent with one or more of these priorities, please let me know.

You can keep up to date with the latest Peacemaker news on Facebook and our website.
 
Summer Reading
 
Colin Chapman has kindly allowed me to publish a summary he has written of John McHugo's Syria, A Recent History

"This very readable review of the last hundred years of the history of Syria has helped me to make sense of the ongoing conflict in Syria. Before summarising each chapter, it may be helpful to spell out some of the most significant themes that John McHugo draws out from this history:"

  1. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, Faisal set himself up as king in Damascus in 1918, attempting to set up an independent Arab kingdom in accordance with promises made to him by the French and the British. This was ‘probably the best chance of Greater Syria to develop their own nationhood’; but these hopes of independence and nationhood were dashed by French and British colonial ambitions.

    Read more here
Thank you!
 
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Stephen

stephen@peacemakers.ngo
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